Russia and China. Two countries vying to replace America as the dominant power across the globe. Neither country even hides this feeling. In fact, they often both make overt gestures to show us, and the world, that they are the future power to be reckoned with.
Over the last 30 years, both China and Russia have been hoodwinking, robbing and/or bribing US officials to build up their own countries, to the detriment of America. But this is a different administration. President Trump campaigned with one message, and he never swayed from it. “America First.” His stance was easy to understand: tougher, smarter negotiators who would stop getting taken advantage of by foreign governments and businesses.
It was reported last week that shady Chinese billionaire James Riady, is trying to acquire a massive copper producer here in America, for China. Riady’s ties to the Chinese intelligence community and the fact that he was banned in 2001 after being convicted of “conspiracy to defraud the United States” has to send off warning signs.
During the Clinton administration, just one of the more egregious instances of the Chinese benefiting at America’s loss was the stealing of satellite technology, helping to jump start their program. The Chinese never faced any consequences for this national security breach.
This is another opportunity to see the presidents strong, “America First” and “no more stupid deals” attitude in action, because it seems China may be up to their old tricks.
This purchase attempt is of importance for national security. As the world runs out of cheap copper, if this deal went through, America would be in the business of helping its enemies to its own detriment. Like Uranium One, America must control all natural resources.
Riady has a history of acting like America is his playground. Even though the Justice Department hit him, and his firm, with an $8.6 million fine, in what was called the “the biggest penalty in the history of U.S. campaign finance violations,” he plead guilty, paid the fine and kept going. As with many shady Chinese billionaires, Riady is closely connected with the Clinton’s, with a $20,000 donation to their Clinton Global Initiative.
America cannot let such an obvious pawn, with a track record for brazenly disregarding U.S. law, take such a large stake in a natural resource. The sensitivity to ensuring America controls her fate is not new. Until recently, America has had a ban on exporting oil for over 40 years. Only until USA discovered so much oil through new technology, and the cratering in the price of oil, did exporting become legal.
President Trump also spoke about national security and the end of stupid deals when criticizing the Obama administration, and Secretary of State Clinton, for giving away 20% of America’s uranium. Again a Clinton did a questionable deal with a rich foreigner, Frank Giustra, who was a big donor to the Clinton Foundation. This deal was roundly questioned by many experts and government officials because uranium is a dangerous material necessary for nuclear weapons.
“We believe that this potential takeover of U.S. nuclear resources by a Russian government–owned agency would pose great potential harm to the national security of the United States,” said a letter from Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, “and we urge the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to block the sale” to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) chairman, Timothy Geithner.
Russia has since bragged about the deal, yet to this date not one American official has touted this deal or been able to explain what America gained.
“Few could have imagined in the past that we would own 20% of U.S. reserves.” said Sergei Kiriyenko. Even Pravda jumped in with a headline boasting: “Russian nuclear energy conquers the world.”
From Russia’s aggression in the Ukraine, to endless accusations they hacked our elections, to China building military islands in the South China Sea, against all of it’s neighbors wishes, China’s stealing of American companies intellectual property, manipulation of it’s currency, and more, it is clear these 2 massive, historical powers are not are friends. They may not be called enemies, but they are surely not allies on the world stage.
At every turn, when the United States has called on these two nations for assistance, the phone has gone straight to voice mail. Even though candidate Trump hammered China for all of its misgivings, president Trump tried a more tactful approach as he asked China for help with the evil, overweight madman on China’s border, North Korea’s Kim Jung-un.
A similar tactic was taken with Russia. During the campaign, candidate Trump often praised Putin for his strength and leadership of his country. That rankled many in America, but it was an attempt to have smoother relationships with the former KGB operative. Once he became president though, Trump has done not been so cordial, and accommodating, being much firmer with the faux president than Obama.
None of these overtures are paying dividends yet, but here is an opportunity to match tone, and rhetoric, with action. The Chinese are all over Africa and South America throwing their money, and weight around, acquiring copper assets. Now the Chinese are here in America, but we should not even entertain any dealings with the unfriendly government. This deal should be blocked and America should retain control of her cheap copper supplies. Now is President Trump’s chance to show Russia and China that they will no longer take advantage of the United States of America.